BALANCING THE BOOKS ON THE BACK OF THE POOR
LABOUR VOTES WITH THE TORIES ON CUTS
Scottish National Party Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP has warned that with £75bn of cuts and tax rises still to come, Scotland’s budget will continue to face unprecedented cuts from Westminster.
Speaking in today’s debate in the House of Commons, the SNP Deputy Leader criticised the Chancellor George Osborne for failing to meet any of his economic targets and condemned Labour for backing his cuts.
The SNP is pledged to use its influence in the next Westminster parliament to work with progressive allies across the UK to reverse austerity.
Stewart Hosie MP said:
George Osborne is committed to £75bn of cuts which will hit Scottish public services- and tonight he has been backed by Labour.
This comes despite the UK Government’s continued commitment to spending over £100bn on a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons.
George Osborne has failed to meet even one of his economic targets, yet the Tories propped up by Labour plan to balance the books on the back of the poor and take public spending levels back to those of the 1930s.
The SNP in government has a strong record on protecting our public services and supporting public sector workers – including the recent funding announced for NHS boards across the country.
But the impact of Westminster’s austerity agenda is continuing to be felt – and with more cuts being passed down the line, the strain on our vital public services can only increase.
Labour have shown their true colours in siding with the Tories and voting for continued cuts.
“A strong team of SNP MPs elected in May can hold the balance of power and force the Westminster establishment to abandon their ruinous commitment to austerity.”
Official SNP Press Release.